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The Beef State Ranches

The cattle industry has been vital to Nebraska by providing immensely to the states economy and culture. Nebraska is even known as the “beef state.” This tour covers the cattle drive era, open range era, beginning of ranching in Nebraska, and the modern life stock industry. This tour also gives a closer look into cowboys, ranches , stockyards, and the importance of the cattle industry in Nebraska’s history. Text from The Explore Nebraska History Team, locations curated by Brittany Hamor.

  • 1.

    Opening the Sandhills

    Opening the Sandhills

    Near where the first ranches were founded, the Nebraska Sandhills are vital to the state's history.

  • 2.

    Porcupine Ranch

    Porcupine Ranch

    All about the supply center for Nebraska railroads and ranches.

  • 3.

    Watson Ranch

    Watson Ranch

    The classic historic ranch of the Nebraska cattle lands.

  • 4.

    Nebraska "The Beef State"

    Nebraska "The Beef State"

    As America's beef basket, Nebraska's history was written by cattle ranches. Come explore the beef state.

  • 5.

    Nebraska Centre- Boyd Ranch

    Nebraska Centre- Boyd Ranch

    The ranch of an Omaha mayor.

  • 6.

    Walker's Ranch

    Walker's Ranch

    A site of mail and murder on a Nebraska ranch.

  • 7.

    Spring Ranch

    Spring Ranch

    One of the earliest ranches in Nebraska with a wealth of history.

  • 8.

    Spade Ranch

    Spade Ranch

    The brutal land that was transformed into a collection of prospering ranches.

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